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Last Updated: Monday, 24 May, 2004, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
Portugal hoping for 'Big Phil' magic
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Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari
Born: 9/11/48
Position: Manager
Appointed: November 2002
'Big Phil' Scolari is one of the most colourful managers in football.

He enjoyed great success in Brazil as Gremio and Palmeiras coach before taking over the national side.

He likes his teams to be robust and was initially criticised when he took over as Brazil boss for limiting their typically flamboyant style of play.

He is also not avert to making controversial decisions and infamously left legendary striker Romario out of his World Cup 2002 squad.

But his tactics paid off as he masterminded Brazil's fifth World Cup win before leaving to take over in Portugal.

He has shaped the Euro 2004 hosts around an aggressive 4-2-3-1 formation with Pauleta upfront on his own.


Did you know? Scolari won the Copa Libertadores with both Gremio and Palmeiras.




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